Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Swamp Rock DJs To Play and Compere 2011 Festival

We're delighted to announce Carole Lateman and Nigel Bewley, who together run the UK's only specialist Cajun and Zydeco club night, Swamp Rock, will be bringing their Cajun sounds to Gloucester as they'll be playing and compering the 2011 Festival!

Check out the Swamp Rock web site here.

Here's some more info on them...

Nigel is a professional sound engineer specialising in audio archiving and restoration as well as a jobbing photographer. (Available for weddings and bar mitzvahs). He has been DJ-ing since 1972, when he started playing records on folk nights at The Penthouse, a night club (now long gone) in his home town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. He was bitten by Zydeco music in 1986 when hanging around the offices and studios of Island Records he met Buckwheat Zydeco, the label's new signing. In 1995, Nigel was asked by a dance club promoter what his 'stage name' was when booked as a DJ for a series of 1940s style swing nights. Put on the spot, he came up with Flying Home in reference to a tune written by percussionist Lionel Hampton. Nigel, aka Flying Home, has a huge record collection of many different styles and when DJ-ing likes nothing better to make people dance to tunes he loves - whether it's a boogalooing Buckwheat or a swinging Hampton. Laissez les bons temps roulez - vous avez raison!

Carole has always been a passionate fan of music and dance, growing up in a household filled with Jazz and Ballroom dancing. As a child, she learnt ballroom, ice dancing and folkdance, and in later years, enjoyed Swing , Rock ‘n Roll and Latin.

In 1988, on her first visit to New Orleans, she discovered the exciting rhythms of Cajun and Zydeco music and dance. Since then, she has learnt to dance, built up a large collection of discs, and attended numerous Cajun and Zydeco festivals, gigs and cruises in the UK, Europe and the USA. She has also taught Cajun and Zydeco dance workshops.

In 2004, together with Neil Papworth, she started London’s Swamp Rock Club, putting on regular dances with live Zydeco bands, and also DJing with her husband, Nigel Bewley (Aka Flying Home). Together, they have run stages at The Thames Festival, promoted gigs at The 100 Club and other London venues, and DJd at numerous dances and private parties. Carole also plays Zydeco rubboard and has jammed with numerous Cajun and Zydeco bands in the UK and abroad. She also performs in Israeli Dance Troupe ‘Alonim’.

As a dancer, she knows what music to play to get that dancefloor jumping!

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